Q&A: JOE SATRIANI

Joe Satriani, gui­tarist, on what he looks for in col­lab­o­ra­tors, the pop­u­lar­ity of the six string and his up coming sci-fi project

India Today - - INSIDE - — with Amit Gur­bax­ani

Q. You will per­form at the NH7 Week­ender fes­ti­val in Pune in De­cem­ber ex­actly a year af­ter Steve Vai, who learned to play gui­tar from you. What makes a great stu­dent?

Ded­i­ca­tion, tenac­ity, re­spect and an unswerv­ing will to suc­ceed.

Q. You’ve worked with a vast num­ber of artists over the years. What makes a good collaborator?

You have to let your guard down and not be afraid to fail, to ex­press ideas that might be silly or seem­ingly off the wall. Con­versely, you have to give a lot of lee­way to your fel­low col­lab­o­ra­tors and let them feel com­fort­able to open up and try any­thing.

Q. Even in this age of elec­tronic mu­sic, the gui­tar is one of the most pop­u­lar in­stru­ments in the world. Why?

The fin­ger­tip of a hu­man be­ing touch­ing a vi­brat­ing string, turn­ing feel­ings into sounds. It’s that sim­ple.

Q. You’re a big fan of sci­ence fic­tion. Would you ever con­sider pub­lish­ing a sci­ence fic­tion book of your own?

Gui­tarist Ned Evett and I have our own pro­duc­tion stu­dio called Satch­toons. We have cre­ated a good num­ber of orig­i­nal short sto­ries, scripts and char­ac­ters in the sci-fi genre. Our first col­lab­o­ra­tion, ‘Crys­tal Planet’, will be fea­tured in the next big is­sue of Heavy Metal mag­a­zine. Keep an eye out for it!

CHRISTIE GOOD­WIN

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